Gap Year Packages

Complete backpacking experiences

If you want all the perks of an amazing gap year without any of the stress of planning it, a gap year package is for you. These are bundles of essential travel products tailor made by travel experts StudentUniverse to offer everything you need for an incredible, complete backpacking experience.

Planning a gap year can be fun, but for first time travellers this stage can also be one of the most stressful. A complete backpacker package takes any stress out of the equation, leaving you to just enjoy the ride safe in the knowledge that you don’t have to worry about flight connections, accommodation, meeting people, getting on the right tours, and all those other potentially difficult things about jetting off to explore the world.

Awesome complete gap year packages


Mini January Ski Package in Austria

from £359

3 days

Early January is dreamland on the slopes, jump on the 08:55 BA flight from Heathrow and spend the next 3...

Mini December Ski Package in Austria

from £379

3 days

Our early season extravaganza, take the 07:00 BA flight from Heathrow and be in the mountains in time for the...


29 Day Ultimate Aussie Adventure

With practically a whole month to play with, you’ll have no dramas getting your fill of heart-pulsing action, stunning scenery...

Expedition – Iran Northern Explorer

from £2120

Iran, Islamic Republic of

The landscapes of Iran are as varied and intriguing as its people – an alluring mix of rugged volcanic plains,...

Simply South India

from £480


A rollicking, rip-snorting jaunt through India’s lush interior. Head from Trivandrum up to Varkala for prime beach gallivanting. Take a...

Ultimate Galapagos – Central Islands (Daphne)

from £3590


When it comes to encountering wildlife up close and personal, a voyage to the Galapagos Islands really is an adventure...

Western Winter

from £2999

Shred and carve your way through the USA and Canada on this wintry road trip of epic proportions. From sunny...

Tropical Wonder

from £650

4 - 4 days


Try some whitewater rafting, a high-speed catamaran cruise to the Great Barrier Reef, or just take in the local wildlife...

Stars & Stripes

from £2280

O say, can you see? You'll see it all and more on this epic trip in the USA. After experiencing...

Highlights of Italy

from £739


Discover the sights and delights of Italy on this week long highlights tour. Begin amid the canals of Venice, visit...

Kenya to Vic Falls

from £2380


Take in the very best of the African wilds on this action-packed journey from Kenya to Zambia. Starting in Nairobi,...

Ecuador: Amazon, Hot Springs & Volcanoes

from £1129


Get in touch with the power of the planet on this nine-day adventure packed with many of Ecuador’s natural wonders....

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See the best destinations in the world

We offer complete gap year packages for all the best backpacker destinations in the world. Whether you’re interested in exploring Australia, arriving in Sydney before heading off to enjoy some of the best beaches in the world as well as the vast, forbidding Outback, hopping around the incredible countries of South East Asia, from wild nights in Bangkok to wandering through sacred temples in Cambodia, or meeting iconic wildlife across Africa, there is a backpacker package containing everything you need to make it a reality. There are even packages that will take you around the entire world! Whatever your ambitions, achieving them doesn’t have to be difficult.

Everything you need in a single package

A gap year package will usually include multi-stop flights and a number of other things, which, depending on the destination, could include tours, accommodation, working holiday visas, volunteer placements, insurance, job assistance, country starter packs, and transport passes.

Every gap year package we offer is unique, but let’s take a look at a typical complete gap year to South East Asia. You could fly into Bangkok, Thailand to tour the famous Indochina Loop – Chiang Mai, Laos, Vietnam, and Cambodia. From there you might sail the paradisiacal Thai islands, spending your time swimming in the warm, crystal clear oceans, sipping cocktails, snorkelling, and sunbathing until your heart’s content, before hitting Phuket for a wild night out or two, as well as having access to all the incredible sights of south Thailand. It’s all arranged for you. All you need to do is slather on the suntan lotion and enjoy.

Organised trips, personalised travel

Although our backpacker packages are designed to contain everything you need for the adventure of a lifetime, they are also designed to allow a great deal of flexibility so that every trip can feel unique. For a start, although we call them gap years, they don’t have to last anything like a year if you have a shorter travel window. By packaging numerous products together, we leave the option open to pick and choose what your package will include, be it adventure travel, InterRailing or jobs abroad. The itineraries listed here are suggestions, not set in stone. So you might take advantage of all the technical stuff – visas, flights, etc. – while only joining for one of the tours before having the confidence to move on and do your own thing. Different travellers will need help in different areas of their trip, and we want to make sure you can travel in a way suited to you.

Make your own

If you’ve had a look through all of StudentUniverse’s suggested itineraries listed here and still haven’t found exactly what you’re looking for, we’re more than happy to help you build the adventure perfect for you from scratch. Travel is a highly individual and personal experience, and there is no one-size fits all approach. Give them a ring on 0333 333 9923 or fill out an enquiry form below, and StudentUniverse can help you make that first step towards the most incredible experience of your life.

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